A Photo Journal of a Day in the Life of a Georgia Tech Student
Hi, everyone. My name is Dinty Collins, and I am a sophomore at Georgia Tech. Here are a couple of pictures of me:
8:30 a.m. – I woke up this morning to the serene sound of cars roaring down I-85. I looked out my window across the picturesque Georgia Tech Campus and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, gave thanks that I am fortunate enough to attend such a beautiful and exciting institution.
10:00 a.m. – I decided to spend an hour reading over my textbook for my Anthropology final that will be coming up soon. I was previously having trouble getting down the nuts and bolts of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, but after discovering a drawing of the theory that I can finally relate to, I master the theory in no time.
11:00 a.m. – I headed over to the athletic department for a tutoring session with Reggie Ball. I spent all of Friday preparing a power point presentation and diorama to help Reggie better understand the concept of four downs. After going over the presentation and diorama with Reggie, I posed a hypothetical to him: “Reggie, suppose Georgia Tech has just gotten the ball and it is 1st and 10. You badly overthrow Calvin Johnson on two consecutive plays. What down would it be now?”
Reggie’s response: “What does the scoreboard say?”
2:00 p.m. – Nehemiah and I became very excited when we found out that Wes Wilson, an alumnus of Georgia’s Tech College of Computing, was going to be a contestant on The WB’s Beauty and the Geek 2. Here is a link to the College of Computing’s article on his accomplishment: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/content/view/757/570/. Both Nehemiah and I were further encouraged by the website’s description of the show: “[T]he reality show tests whether eight attractive women, who get by on their looks, and eight intelligent men, with limited social skills, can live together under one roof in order to become the total package.”
5:30 p.m. – I received a phone call from my younger brother, Remy, who is a senior in high school. He was very excited because he had just received an acceptance letter in the mail from Georgia Tech. Remy was somewhat concerned about getting into Tech because his SAT score was a little below what is usually required. However, he attached to his application a copy of his senior picture, and the admissions board said in the acceptance letter that the picture “demonstrated that he embodied every quality we look for in a future Georgia Tech student.”
7:30 p.m. – I became somewhat bored with the pre-game warm-ups and pulled out my laptop and logged onto the net to check on the status of my Second Life avatar, which is a medieval cobbler. For all you UGAy fans who don’t know what an avatar is, here’s a link to Wikipedia’s description -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(icon.
9:30 p.m. – An intermission that I’m told is called halftime arrived. I don’t understand that much about football, but I do know that my fraternity brothers were very encouraged by the fact that the score was 7-7 at halftime. They explained to me that not being out of the game at halftime is very rare in this series.
“Florida is a school that is one of UGA’s biggest rivals and has defeated them 14 of the last 16 years in football. Since Georgia Tech is incapable of defeating UGA with any regularity, we have to depend on Florida to get the job done. You know how we all prefer to live vicariously through our Second Life avatars? Well, Georgia Tech football fans prefer to live variously through Florida.”
11:45 p.m. – At the frat house, I noticed pictures of two men hanging over the mantle.
My brothers explained to me these men are Bobby Ross and George O’Leary, the two most successful coaches of the post-Bobby Dodd era. Combined, they won a staggering 58% percent of the games they coached and went 5-8 against Georgia (“depending on whether or not you count the ’98 to ’00 victories, which we do” my frat brothers add).
1:15 a.m. – Halfway into my third Zima, I passed out on the floor.
10:00 a.m. – I woke up badly hung over after a night filled with nightmares about the English Bulldog in the red shirt and this man who threatened to physically assault me after the game:
10:15 a.m: I returned to my dorm room for another Sunday of online gaming, thus concluding my first taste of the debauchery and hard living that is the Georgia Tech – Georgia game.
Disclaimer: The Georgia Tech students represented in this article (though almost identical to Tech students you may encounter this weekend) are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons attending Georgia Tech is purely coincidental.